Where does the notion of lawful come from?

Where does the notion of lawful come from? Who is doing the permitting? Probably originally from strong men and women, kings and queens, those imposing on others. Then we discovered, through the likes of Thomas Jefferson and Eleanor Roosevelt, that people are the source of the imposing: we, the demos, give the power to impose to what is now called government. What now is lawful is what we have agreed (perhaps originally at several removes and now by acquiescence) among ourselves is lawful. That suggests that the agreements can be changed. If we choose. We choose seldom. This is the culprit, the leg irons on our movement.

:- Doug.

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